BYFIELD — Down by five late in the third quarter, the Triton boys lacrosse team nearly pulled off a miraculous fourth-quarter comeback but wound up falling just short as Austin Prep held off the Vikings to win yesterday’s first round tournament matchup 11-10.
Austin Prep jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and the Cougars held a four-or five-goal lead for the majority of the game. After junior Bobo Carpenter scored to make it 9-4 with about two minutes left in the third, it started to look as if the game was getting out of reach for Triton.
But after shooting itself in the foot with turnovers and missed opportunities all game long, Triton finally gathered itself and the tide soon began to turn. About a minute after Carpenter’s goal, Triton senior Larry Cuddy scored the first of what would turn out to be three unanswered goals to help give the Vikings life.
Shortly after the fourth quarter began, senior Will McCaffrey gained possession of the ball and found Cuddy wide open for an easy goal, and on the next possession after that, senior attackman Justin Spillane scored to cut the deficit to two.
Carpenter struck back with about seven minutes to play, pushing Austin Prep’s lead to 10-7, but after an extended offensive possession, Cuddy got the ball to the right of the net, backed down a defender and scored at a bad angle to bring Triton back within two.
The two teams went back and forth over the following minutes, and as the clock approached two minutes, Austin Prep scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Junior Kevin Kiley received a pass from junior Matt Morgan and scored on a wide-open net, giving the Cougars a three-goal lead while seemingly putting the Vikings away.